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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (8/24/2002)

The current state of OBC seems to be pretty much set in place. Mono Black and U/G seem to be dominating all the trials for Cleveland and the first run of PTQ’s for Houston. First let’s look at the G/U deck that won Consecutive weeks (A trial and a PTQ) in Detroit.

Mark Herberholz

4 Werebear
Werebear
WerebearSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid Bear
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Threshold - Werebear gets +3/+3. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

4 Nimble Mongoose
Nimble Mongoose
Nimble MongooseSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Nimble Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities. Threshold - Nimble Mongoose gets +2/+2. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

4 Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

4 Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0

4 Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.

4 Mental Note
Mental Note
Mental NoteSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard. Draw a card.

4 Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.

4 Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

4 Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

2 Roar of the Worm
4 Centaur Garden
Centaur Garden
Centaur GardenSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
316
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Centaur Garden deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - G, Tap, Sacrifice Centaur Garden: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

7 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

10 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

1 Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid ColiseumSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Cephalid Coliseum deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - U, Tap, Sacifice Cephalid Coliseum: Target player draws three cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)


Sideboard:
4 Envelop
Envelop
EnvelopSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine

Text:
Counter target sorcery spell.

4 Krosan Reclamation
Krosan Reclamation
Krosan ReclamationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Gary Ruddell

Text:
Target player shuffles up to two target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library. Flashback 1G.

2 Bearscape
Bearscape
BearscapeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
1G, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play.

2 Krosan Beast
Krosan Beast
Krosan BeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Squirrel Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Threshold - Krosan Beast gets +7/+7. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1 Druid Lyrist
Druid Lyrist
Druid LyristSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
238
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, Tap, Sacrifice Druid Lyrist: Destroy target enchantment.

1 Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

1 Stupefying Touch
Stupefying Touch
Stupefying TouchSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Text:
When Stupefying Touch comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played.


The deck is centered around fast creatures and threshold. Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.
gives all of your creatures flying at the cost playing with Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s (not too much of a sacrifice though). Mental Note
Mental Note
Mental NoteSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard. Draw a card.
, Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.
and Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
aid in both card drawing and achieving Threshold. Quickness is the name of the game with the deck.

A second U/G deck that is making a splash is the grizzly fate version. It was played in a few varieties at worlds and Adam from Cardshark qualified from Houston at GenCon with a version of this deck.

4 x Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

4 x Wearbear
4 x Milikin
3 x Grizzly Fate
Grizzly Fate
Grizzly FateSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
119
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Put two 2/2 green Bear creature tokens into play. Threshold - Instead, put 4 2/2 green Bear creature tokens into play. Flashback 5GG.

4 x Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.

3 x Mental Note
Mental Note
Mental NoteSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard. Draw a card.

4 x Roar of the Worm
3 x Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

1 x Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

1 x Krosan Reclamation
Krosan Reclamation
Krosan ReclamationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Gary Ruddell

Text:
Target player shuffles up to two target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library. Flashback 1G.

3 x Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.

3 x Mental Note
Mental Note
Mental NoteSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard. Draw a card.

12 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

11 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Like the previous U/G build, this deck is centered around the graveyard. Wearbear and Milikin provide manna acceleration in the deck. Milikin can also stop a Guiltfeeder
Guiltfeeder
GuiltfeederSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Guiltfeeder can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. Whenever Guiltfeeder attacks and isn't blocked, defending player loses 1 life for each card in his or her graveyard.
in the Monoblack matchup. Moreover, the ability to make multiple creatures with a single spell gives the mono black player only one option for removal (Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.
) to stop the beatings in the next turn. Just like the deck above, wonder gives your creatures the evasion they need to swing for the victory in most cases. Since this deck is gaining in popularity, the sideboard should include more help in the “mirror” matchup.

Now lets look at the Mono Black build that took second at the recent trial in Detroit. This is, in essence, a control deck. The difference with this deck, as opposed to most mono black builds, is the use of Braids in the main deck. This is a great addition for a metagame with a lot of black decks. Monoblack tends to need a lot of lands to function, so Braids is a great way to combat the opponent. The Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
disrupts the mirror matchup and the G/U matchup. G/U decks tend to have a lower than average land count due to the efficient spells, and thus try to run more spells and less lands. The speed of the removal spells is another bonus to the deck, as it can react quickly (all be it at Sorcery speed) to most threats.

Jayme Nostrant

4 Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.

22 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4 Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

4 Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

4 Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

3 Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal MinionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.

3 Shambling Swarm
Shambling Swarm
Shambling SwarmSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Shambling Swarm is put into a graveyard from play, distribute three -1/-1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures. Remove those counters at end of turn.

3 Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

3 Mind Sludge
Mind Sludge
Mind SludgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
70
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand for each swamp you control.

3 Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.

4 Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

1 Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

1 Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal ScryingSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
161
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Skeletal Scrying, remove X cards in your graveyard from the game. You draw X cards and you lose X life.

1 Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.


Sideboard:
1 Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

3 Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3 Decompose
Decompose
DecomposeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove up to three target cards in a single graveyard from the game.

1 Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.

2 Sickening Dreams
Sickening Dreams
Sickening DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
As an additional cost to play Sickening Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Sickening Dreams deals X damage to each creature and each player.

2 Morbid Hunger
Morbid Hunger
Morbid HungerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Morbid Hunger deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flashback 7BB (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3 Faceless Butcher
Faceless Butcher
Faceless ButcherSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Faceless Butcher comes into play, remove target creature other than Faceless Butcher from the game. When Faceless Butcher leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.


A variation to the mono black strategy is found below, with a splash of blue to help with some of the typical issues with the monoblack build. The addition of the Shadowmage helps with card drawing and evasion. The Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
s give the deck some instant speed answers when necessary. Adding blue manna helps in the “mirror” matchup by giving the deck access to an answer to the pumpable shade.

Jared Reeder

4 Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Mesmeric Fiend
Mesmeric Fiend
Mesmeric FiendSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mesmeric Fiend comes into play, target opponent reveals his or her hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game. When Mesmeric Fiend leaves play, return the removed card to its owner's hand.
s
4 Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage InfiltratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
294
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Shadowmage Infiltrator can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. Whenever Shadowmage Infiltrator deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

4 Faceless Butcher
Faceless Butcher
Faceless ButcherSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Faceless Butcher comes into play, remove target creature other than Faceless Butcher from the game. When Faceless Butcher leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.

4 Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal MinionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.

2 Shambling Swarm
Shambling Swarm
Shambling SwarmSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Shambling Swarm is put into a graveyard from play, distribute three -1/-1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures. Remove those counters at end of turn.

2 Ichorid
Ichorid
IchoridSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Ichorid. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Ichorid is in your graveyard, you may remove a black creature card in your graveyard other than Ichorid from the game. If you do, return Ichorid to play.

4 Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

4 Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

4 Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

4 Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater CatacombsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
: 1, Tap: Add UB to your mana pool.

4 Tainted Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

2 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

14 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Sideboard:
4 Decompose
Decompose
DecomposeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove up to three target cards in a single graveyard from the game.

3 Envelop
Envelop
EnvelopSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine

Text:
Counter target sorcery spell.

2 Shambling Swarm
Shambling Swarm
Shambling SwarmSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Shambling Swarm is put into a graveyard from play, distribute three -1/-1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures. Remove those counters at end of turn.

3 Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

3 Stupefying Touch
Stupefying Touch
Stupefying TouchSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Text:
When Stupefying Touch comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played.


Speed and reaction speed are very important in the developing metagame that is OBC. G/U decks can overwhelm you quickly and the black decks are very speedy in their reaction. Some “other” decks are making a splash in the format even in the field dominated with the “Big Two”. Also, Green/Blue decks seem to be “popping” up in many different varieties, so be careful that you recognize the different flavors prior to making too many assumptions.

Tog is the deck that seems to be dominating the standard format, so it only seems reasonable that a variation would make it’s way into the OBC format. Below is a deck list that made top 8 in a trial for Cleveland in Detroit. Though the deck loses some of its speed do to the lack of Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar
in the OBC format, the combination of playing Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.
and “floating manna” for the “toothy one” still packs a punch when it has time to set up the “combo.” The deck packs solid removal with a well rounded amount of card drawing allowing the combo to be protected and found quickly. Though this deck is not quite as fast as the G/U decks, if they can withstand the onslaught they can turn the tide relatively quickly.

Nathan Bramlett

4 Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

4 Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

4 Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

4 Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

4 Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.

4 Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

4 Envelop
Envelop
EnvelopSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine

Text:
Counter target sorcery spell.

2 Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

2 Concentrate
Concentrate
ConcentrateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Glen Angus & Arnie Swekel
Text:
Draw three cards.

12 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

8 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4 Darkwater Catacomb

Sideboard:
4 Faceless Butcher
Faceless Butcher
Faceless ButcherSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Faceless Butcher comes into play, remove target creature other than Faceless Butcher from the game. When Faceless Butcher leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.

4 Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.

1 Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

3 Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3 Sickening Dreams
Sickening Dreams
Sickening DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
As an additional cost to play Sickening Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Sickening Dreams deals X damage to each creature and each player.


Another deck that is seeing some play is a mono red deck that abuses the combination of Firecat Blitz
Firecat Blitz
Firecat BlitzSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
David Martin

Text:
Put X 1/1 red Cat creature tokens with haste into play. Remove them from the game at end of turn. Flashback RR, Sacrifice X Mountains.
and Rites of Initiation
Rites of Initiation
Rites of InitiationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards at random from your hand. Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn for each card discarded this way.
. This deck is built to deal with the sorcery speed removal of mono black with haste attacks. The deck has more of an issue with the B/u decks because the token hate of Aether burst. If Tog becomes more dominant, this deck will fall to the way side because of the control aspects of the deck, but if monoblack stays towards the top of the food chain, this deck could again rear it’s head in monoblack’s path.

4 Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.

4 Rites of Initiation
Rites of Initiation
Rites of InitiationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards at random from your hand. Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn for each card discarded this way.

4 Bookburning
4 Firecat Blitz
Firecat Blitz
Firecat BlitzSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
David Martin

Text:
Put X 1/1 red Cat creature tokens with haste into play. Remove them from the game at end of turn. Flashback RR, Sacrifice X Mountains.

3 Breaking Point
Breaking Point
Breaking PointSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson

Text:
Destroy all creatures unless a player has Breaking Point deal 6 damage to him or her. Creatures destroyed this way can't be regenerated.

3 RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

3 Overmaster
Overmaster
OvermasterSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
The next instant or sorcery spell you play this turn can't be countered by spells or abilities. Draw a card.

3 Violent Eruption
Violent Eruption
Violent EruptionSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Text:
Violent Eruption deals 4 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players. Madness 1RR

3 Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2 Magnavore
2 Burning Wish
Burning Wish
Burning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer

Text:
Choose a sorcery you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Burning Wish from the game.

24 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

1 Barbarian Ring
Barbarian Ring
Barbarian RingSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
313
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Barbarian Ring deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - R, Tap, Sacrifice Barbarian Ring: Barbarian Ring deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)


Sideboard:
2 UHJpY2Ugb2YgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.

1 Magnavore
1 Lightning Surge
Lightning Surge
Lightning SurgeSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
96
Artist:
Ron Spears

Text:
Lightning Surge deals 4 damage to target creature of player. Threshold - Instead Lightning Surge deals 6 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented. Flashback 5RR.

2 Pitchstone Wall
Pitchstone Wall
Pitchstone WallSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever you discard a card from your hand, you may sacrifice Pitchstone Wall. If you do, return the discarded card from your graveyard to your hand.

3 Flash of Defiance
Flash of Defiance
Flash of DefianceSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Text:
Players can't block with green and/or white creatures this turn. Flashback - 1R, Pay 3 life.

2 Swirling Sandstorm
Swirling Sandstorm
Swirling SandstormSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo

Text:
Threshold - Swirling Sandstorm deals 5 damage to each creature without flying.

3 Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R

1 Breaking Point
Breaking Point
Breaking PointSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson

Text:
Destroy all creatures unless a player has Breaking Point deal 6 damage to him or her. Creatures destroyed this way can't be regenerated.


This deck has issues with most U/G varieties, but can thrive in a monoblack field. The combo is a bit risky, but on the right day, it can post better than average results.

So as the field for the OBC season shapes up, make sure you decks can deal with the aggressive speed or the reactive speed of the current decks being played. Hopefully this helps in your deck construction.

Thanks for reading.


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